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When We Speak of Nothing

Nigeria - W. Africa

Olumide Popoola | Release date: 3 Jul 2017

“Some of the women walked so slow they were, like, floating. For real. Heads perfectly straight. Hips swaying, left, slow, right, slow, step, slow. If you didn’t concentrate you would think they weren’t moving at all, their bodies just hanging in space…”Best m...

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Sweet Sixteen

Nigeria - W. Africa

Bolaji Abdullahi | Release date: 28 Feb 2017

Aliya has to constantly remind her father that she is not a child but a ‘young adult’. He does not always agree with her. But now that she is turning sixteen, he is sitting up and taking notice. The unexpected birthday card from him is replaced by a present and a no hold barred...

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No Place to Call Home: Love, Loss, Belonging

DR Congo - C. Africa

J. J. Bola | Release date: 22 Jun 2017

As the family attempts to integrate and navigate modern British society, as well as hold on to their roots and culture, they meet Tonton, a sapeur, womaniser, alcohol-loving, party enthusiast, who, much to Papa’s dislike, after losing his job, moves in with them. Tonton introduces the fa...

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Blind Spot

Nigeria - W. Africa

Teju Cole | Release date: 13 Jun 2017

When it comes to Teju Cole, the unexpected is not unfamiliar: He’s an acclaimed novelist, an influential essayist, and an internationally exhibited photographer. In Blind Spot, readers follow Cole’s inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm as he continues to refine the voice, e...

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Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

DR Congo - C. Africa

Ira Dworkin | Release date: 12 Jun 2017

In his 1903 hit “Congo Love Song,” James Weldon Johnson recounts a sweet if seemingly generic romance between two young Africans. While the song’s title may appear consistent with that narrative, it also invokes the site of King Leopold II of Belgium’s brutal coloni...

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Kingdom of Gravity

Uganda - E. Africa

Nick Makoha | Release date: 5 Jun 2017

In direct narrative terms the poems in this collection relate to the horrors of the civil war that ousted the brutal tyranny of Idi Amin in Uganda, a war of liberation that brought its own barbarous atrocities. In political terms the poems chart the impact of imperialism and neo-colonialis...

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Forbidden Fruit

Kenya - E. Africa

Stanley Gazemba | Release date: 6 Jun 2017

Desperate to make ends meet, Ombima commits a “harmless” crime. When he tries to conceal his misdeed, the simple farm laborer becomes a reluctant participant in a sinister affair. If discovered, the consequences could be disastrous for Ombima’s family, friends, and a spat...

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Kumukanda

Zambia - S. Africa

Kayo Chingonyi | Release date: 1 Jun 2017

Translating as ‘initiation’, Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the li...

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The Day Ends Like Any Day

Nigeria - W. Africa

Timothy Ogene | Release date: 28 Sep 2017

Growing up is a strange affair for Sam, a young Nigerian, who lives in a slum called The Blocks. His father only speaks to his children once he’s drunk enough alcohol, and his mother won’t accept that Sam is different from his siblings. Sam is formed by the people he meets: a young...

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Kintu

Uganda - E. Africa

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Release date: 16 May 2017

Uganda’s history reimagined through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan in an award-winning debut. In 1750, Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In this ambitious tale of a clan and of a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s des...

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